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Update from the Turing Gateway to Mathematics - May 2016

The Turing Gateway to Mathematics (TGM) is an impact initiative of the Isaac Newton Institute (INI) based at the University of Cambridge. The INI is the UK’s national visitor research institute for the mathematical sciences. The TGM acts as a vehicle for knowledge transfer between the mathematical sciences and potential users of mathematics, such as those in industry and other academic disciplines.  It helps to bridge the gap between those engaged in frontier mathematical research and those working in more applied areas. It does this by facilitating interactions and activities such as consultations, workshops, research and training programmes. 

 

Recent Events

University of Cambridge Mathematics and Big Data Showcase, 20th April 2016 - Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge

The TGM delivered this event in partnership with the University of Cambridge's Centre for Mathematical Sciences and the Cambridge Big Data Strategic Research Initiative, to highlight areas of research and expertise in mathematics and Big Data, from across the University. It was delivered with support from NPL and EPSRC and provided the opportunity for nearly 200 delegates to see what Cambridge has to offer and to better understand the diversity and impact that research in mathematics and Big Data at Cambridge can make on business and policy across a wide range of areas. The event included a series of presentations, as well as an exhibition of nearly 60 posters, where researchers discussed specific areas of mathematics and Big Data.

The programme offered an opportunity to see the COSMOS Computer and the GK Batchelor Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.  Both tours were heavily subscribed and gave participants a fascinating insight into work in these two facilities. Feedback received from participants was positive with comments about the good balance of speakers and useful engagement opportunities that the poster exhibition provided.

 

Future Events

Soft Matter - Theoretical and Industrial Challenges, Celebrating the Pioneering Work of Professor Sir Sam Edwards, Wednesday 7th - Friday 9th September 2016 Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge

In partnership with colleagues from the University of Cambridge, the TGM is delivering a three day workshop in September 2016, which will be a celebration of the important work of Professor Sir Sam Edwards. It will also aim to highlight recent developments in theoretical physics and mathematical frameworks for the modelling and simulation of soft matter systems. There will be a particular emphasis on how these models can inform industrial processes, materials and design.

 

Professor Sir Sam Edwards FRS was one of the great scientific minds of the 20th Century and played a pivotal role in bringing advances in the physical sciences to bear on major industrial problems. Sir Sam’s scientific contributions ranged from fundamental theory work on polymer melts, through gels, colloids, granular materials and glasses to optimisation theory. Beyond his many academic distinctions, Sam was IMA President (1980–1981), Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy, a non-executive Director of Lucas Industries, and for many years served as a Senior Advisor to Unilever PLC.

 

In the months since his death last summer, Mike Cates, Mark Warner and Rafi Blumenfeld from the University of Cambridge and the TGM have been working to create a lasting tribute to the memory of Sir Sam that is not static but moves forward along the paths he pioneered.

 

This will take the form of a series of Symposia, to be held on an annual or biennial basis, whose purpose is to foster dialogue between academics working in the basic sciences (particularly their theoretical branches) on the one hand, and the worlds of industry and commerce on the other. These meetings will be called Edwards Symposia and will be held at the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge, starting in September 2016.

 

The first workshop will aim to highlight developments in theoretical physics and mathematical frameworks for the modelling and simulation of soft matter systems, with particular emphasis on how these models can inform industrial processes, materials, and design. In the spirit of Sir Sam’s approach, there are two main objectives.

  • One is to encourage Industrial participants to help identify grand-challenge questions for the broader academic community that can motivate future theoretical work.
  • The other is to foster collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches that will maximise the impact of emerging new theoretical insights on currently outstanding industrial problems. It is hoped that Edwards Symposia will become a regular feature of UK, and international, scientific life. In order to help achieve this, the organisers are keen to hear from anyone interested in medium- or long-term support, which will allow a coherent programme of Symposia to be assembled.

 

More information, including the provisional Programme is available on the event web page.

 

Contact Us

For more details or to register to receive the TGM newsletter that provides information on upcoming activities and details about other relevant mathematical issues and areas, please contact Jane Leeks, the Knowledge Transfer Manager on 01223 765733 or by email to j.leeks@turing-gateway.cam.ac.uk

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